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Karen Elowitt, 10:00 pm
Franschhoek is fondly referred to as the culinary capital of South Africa – and with good reason. The town’s tastebud-pleasing, boundary-pushing eateries take you beyond the town and into the heart of its wine farms. A weekend of long lunches, laid-back wine tastings, and wonderful pairings of the two just became your next must-do trip in South Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 7:49 pm
An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work. Developed by the Canadian government, the vaccine has since been licensed to New Jersey-based Merck & Co. but has not yet been approved by regulators. “If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, cirector-general of the World Health Organization, which sponsored the study.
Dana Sanchez, 6:34 pm
Botswana President Ian Khama, who has been described as an artist at heart, was nominated for an award at the upcoming 2015 Africa Muzik Magazine Awards in Dallas. Khama is credited with bringing polka music into the Botswana mainstream — it’s recognized among Botswana’s traditional dances — and he promoted the Khawa Dunes Festival, where tourists can race quads and motorcycles across the dunes.
Dana Sanchez, 1:42 pm
Sack gardening is helping provide food and income for Africans in urban slums, rural areas and places prone to drought and flooding. A Zimbabwean who worked with AIDS patients has managed to turn sack gardening into an agrarian movement, TakePart reports. Women are producing lettuce and tomatoes in sack gardens for the Marriott hotel. It’s a less physical version of farming for people who can’t work the land, or have no land to work.
Dana Sanchez, 11:26 am
Singapore has no natural resources so its government has focused on extracting economic value from the higher education sector, says a Singapore educator. It’s a lesson African governments can emulate. This focus has seen the country’s economy shift from manual labor-based, to skills-based, to technology, to knowledge-based.
Becca Blond, 10:13 am
With a population of just over 230,000, Gaborone feels more like a small town than a major city, which can be refreshing, especially if you’re here for business. And while Gabs (as locals call the city) may feel a bit provincial and boring, it also is safe, friendly and easy to navigate. If you are a fan of the Alexander McCall Smith mystery series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (or the HBO television show based on the book), Gaborone will be of interest, as it is where the novels are set.
Staff, 8:52 am
Economic issues are on the back burner and fighting over succession in Zimbabwe occupies the energy of the ruling Zanu PF. After consolidating power by purging former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies, party members have turned on each other. “When Zanu PF meet, instead of discussing ways of fixing the country’s problems, all they ever do is fire each other,” a former industry minister said.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:48 am
Kenya’s state-owned airline Kenya Airways posted one of the largest losses any East African company has ever recorded, wiping out all of its shareholders wealth and leaving investors questioning if the African carrier was technically insolvent The Airline, which one of the top airlines in Africa together with Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways, posted nearly $252 million in losses
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